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How to Choose the Right New Home Builder?

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It’s important to meet in person. You also want to ask lots of questions.

Questions to ask:

  • Is the builder licensed and insured?
  • How long has the the builder been in business?
  • How many new homes have they completed?
  • How many homes are they working on at any one time?

Even if a preferred builder is busy and has longer wait times you may still be willing to go with them if you have honest answers about realistic time-frames. In fact unrealistic construction time-frames is one of the big mistakes people make when building a new home. The time frame promised by the sales rep my not be in sync with the project supervisors ability to manage the project. This can mean you are promised a build within six months when realistically, the building company has 40 similar builds happening simultaneously and delays on a few projects can affect all others as blow outs of 6 months or more are not uncommon.

  • Can I see some examples of your work?

Not just looking a display homes but asking to see examples of new homes they have built in the last two years and also asking to speak to the owners. This way you’ll be able to touch and feel their workmanship, rather than just relying on what they put on paper.

  • What isn’t included in the new home build?

Changes to the design, even if they are just fixtures, can be costly. Knowing what is included and what is *not* included can avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.monaco-display

  • Can I call the building supervisor?

Being in contact with the building supervisor can help you speak with the right person should you notice any mistakes during the build process.

Another mistake people make from new house plans is room dimensions. Floor-space can be calculated several different ways depending on where room boundaries are measured from, i.e from middle of wall vs edge of wall. Beware how your builder measures their home plans.

  • What does turnkey mean?

To be classed a turnkey house it typically is required to contain everything needed to live in i.e. to contain floor coverings, clothes line, wall paint, window coverings etc. Sadly, many new home builders have different standards and may classify their bare fixture homes as ‘turnkey’

Many people go the other way and overspend on fixtures thinking that either they “need” the better fixtures to feel more “luxurious” or to improve the value of the home. More often than not it does neither.

Remember new home designs are time tested and cost effective for a reason.
To keep costs down these designs are pre-drawn and fit with the builders budget for each design. Making changes to any design will cost a lot more in extra drafting hours, extra building permit checks and extra construction costs. To be most cost effective it is best to find a design that only needs small changes to suit your needs.

  • Saving on additions

You can save money on things like flooring installation, painting, fixtures, lighting or blinds if you organise them yourself. You will however, need to complete these after hand-over, even if using your own tradies. The builder must be complete before handover and anyone else accessing the site.

Reinventing density: how baugruppen are pioneering the self-made city

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By Kristien Ring, University of Western Australia This is the second piece in our series, Reinventing density, co-published with Future West (Australian Urbanism). Profit-driven developments shape the housing markets of most major cities today. However, new models exist that offer greater…

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Research centre to unlock potential of prefabricated housing

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A new research training centre that aims to propel growth in the prefabricated housing industry has launched its research programme at The University of Melbourne. The Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing will undertake important research…

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Survey shows construction sentiment holding up… just

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The recent Master Builders survey of building and construction shows industry sentiment is holding up, despite a recent deterioration in some of the leading indicators. Matthew Pollock, housing national manager, says: “Industry sentiment showed signs of improvement in the September…

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Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem

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John Daley, Grattan Institute; Joe Hurley, RMIT University; Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney; Robin Goodman, RMIT University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development…

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Flood risk information for Toowoomba investors

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Investors and developers looking to buy as well as owners who already have property in the Toowoomba region can now find out the flood risk for their properties with the launch of an online Flood Risk Information Portal. Toowoomba Regional…

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Advice: Planning a New Home or Renovation

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Planning to build a new home or renovate your existing home is a big project with many possibilities. The Australian Government’s www.YourHome.gov website provides detailed information about designing, constructing and renovating comfortable, healthy and environmentally sustainable homes. For a home…

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Advice: Energy Efficiency Requirements for New Homes

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All new homes and extensions built in Australia must meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements prescribed in the Building Code of Australia. The extent of energy efficiency measures required depend on the climate zone in which a house is located. There…

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Building a New Home? Two Important Tips

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There aren’t many endeavors in life that will demand more of your attention, time, budget and patience than building a new home.  So many people get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement that comes with building a new home.…

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To cut urban sprawl, we need quality infill housing displays

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Geoffrey London, University of Western Australia With state governments across Australia acknowledging the need to limit urban sprawl, fill the gaps within existing metropolitan areas and build higher-density housing on selected sites, many opportunities have opened up. Demonstration projects are…

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